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Crimea River

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    WW2 Aircraft Models, Mosquito Restoration
  1. Bf 109E blue air intake cover?

    I was under the impression that the supercharge intake was most often left natural metal, possibly to prevent paint chips from being ingested into the supercharger (speculation only). I don't understand the logic of using heat resistant paint here as the proximity with the exhausts is actually further away than other parts such as the wing leading edge and the area between the intake and exhausts. As for colour pics, nothing definitive but here is one:
  2. Great looking build so far. Andy
  3. Achtung Anfanger!!! 1/48 Bf109E-4B

    Thanks all. The matte coat is applied, landing gear stuck on, masks removed, and prop pressed on without glue for the pics: It seems my target of getting this project done by the end of this weekend ain't gonna happen as I need to add a bunch of fiddly bits yet. This will have to wait til after May 5 as I'm doing a long road trip across the country to up my son from University. Thanks for your continued interest.
  4. Achtung Anfanger!!! 1/48 Bf109E-4B

    Thanks everyone. Pining for the fjords I am! Today I did some filtering with artist oils. I mixed up some black and burnt umber for the underside streaks and some yellow, blue, and burnt sienna for the uppers in varying shades. Oil streaks on the undersides were simply applied with a fine brush in a linear fashion whereas the uppers were dabbed and smudged with a brush, Q-tip, tissue and the odd finger. I didn't want to overdo this as I hate when things look too contrived. I'm happy with how it looks in the real world but find that the effect becomes more muted on the pictures despite mucking about with the contrast a bit. Anyway, here's how it looks: Note also that I added the cannon barrels to the wings but that I've not painted them yet. I'm allowing the oils to dry completely before applying the matte coat and will follow this up with a bit of chipping, the exhaust stains and some dust.I also progressed on the gear legs by adding the flexible brake hoses. A matte coat was then applied and this took the sheen off the oleos which I may redo. Funny how the majority of kit manufacturers tend to mould these without the boots. I'm not convinced that this is realistic but adding the boots seems like a lot of trouble so I will leave these alone. The prop blades and spinner have been addressed in stages but I didn't stop to take pictures. Here is the assembly more or less complete. In addition to the RLM 70 blades and spinner and the aluminum bits, the finish has also seen some lighter green filtering with oils and some chipping on the back of the blades which was done with a silver Prismacolor pencil. Eduard have moulded the prop blades rather thick and these have already been thinned somewhat, though they could have used some more. Surprising, really. That's another day done. I may get the matte coat on tomorrow but more likely the day after. Thanks for giving it a peek.
  5. Achtung Anfanger!!! 1/48 Bf109E-4B

  6. Achtung Anfanger!!! 1/48 Bf109E-4B

  7. Two hatches on Mosquito wing

    You're welcome and glad to help. It's unfortunate that I don't have a better view into the exact square hatch contents but I'm happy that you have enough info to proceed.
  8. Achtung Anfanger!!! 1/48 Bf109E-4B

    All remaining decals are now on. I used the Eduard kit decals for everything but the Black 6, the "Achtung Anfänger" script and the "Verschnupfte Rabe" shield of JG51 for which I used the Kagero decals. These ended up being beautifully printed but a tad thick and therefore less reactive to the decal solution but they eventually settled down.Here is a close-up of the shield and swastika. The background on the shield is actually a light blue/grey on the decal sheet but turns out to be almost white when applied. Oh, and I installed the tail wheel to lessen the chance of the fragile yoke being broken. The rudder actuator cables were also brush painted in Steel but I will need to touch up around this opening and on the strut. Also, the jack point hole was drilled out."Beware Beginners"! The reference pic actually shows the starboard side of the aircraft and the script can be seen there. It's very likely that it would have appeared on the port side as well. At this point, you can also see that I removed the mask from the quarter panel, drilled an angled hole, and inserted a piece of brass tube with the end cut on a slant to represent the flare tube. This was secured with CA glue. The flare tube with an initial coat of paint. The quarter window would have been replaced with a metal plate and so was therefore painted. At the moment, the detail here isn't very clean in the closeup so further work is needed to tidy this up a bit. Trim tab stencil: And finally, the frame numbers which were a pain in the butt. With the decals now on, I'll seal them with another clear coat and add a bot more 71 mottling as Black 6's contemporaries were quite dark on the sides. Thanks once again for visiting!
  9. Achtung Anfanger!!! 1/48 Bf109E-4B

    Yes sir, she is and the following update will bring us current. Thanks to the others for the comments and encouragement as well. The intake grille and the area behind were masked and painted in Alclad Dark Aluminum as it seems this area was left unpainted on most pics I've seen. Perhaps something to do with a fear of ingesting paint chips into the supercharger? The guns and exhaust stubs were masked and sprayed Alclad steel. Note also the green cowl fastener near the quarter window, my logic being that, even though the cowl may be new, the fastener would have had the original green paint as it is attached to the fuselage. When I touched up the yellow around the grille, I used straight Tamiya XF 4 (the nose cowling is the same but with a drop of red) and drybrushed some other areas to start the weathering effects. In comparing Eduard's representation of this area with actual pics, it's evident that they got the detail a bit incorrect as the fixed grille section actually extends a small amount aft of the rest of the engine cowl so there should be a small step in the panel line there. A bit of a complicated fix, especially at this stage so I'm going to leave it alone.So, I've now started on the decals and Eduard's kit decals are behaving beautifully with Solvaset, settling into the panel lines and rivets quickly with no trapped bubbles whatsoever. The only decals on the underside of the aircraft are the crosses and the radiator stencil. I got into a groove and moved onto the uppers as well, finishing off the crosses and wing walk lines. I decided against keeping the masked swastika squares. After looking closer at the reference pic it appears that some of the mottles appear behind the insignia so I masked off the adjacent surfaces and resprayed the fin with 65 and some limited mottles. And that's how she looks today. Next up will be some more decals and I hope to attend to that tonight. Thanks again for following along guys. I appreciate the nice comments and feedback. Andy
  10. Achtung Anfanger!!! 1/48 Bf109E-4B

    Thanks again for the feedback everyone. In talking with Dave, he suggested that I wrap the underside 65 a little further around the leading edge as this seemed to be a common practice. I looked at a ci of a line up of Black 6's contemporaries and decided to move the line up a bit more but not right up and around as seen on some. I also accidentally put a long scratch along one of the 02 camo fields and wanted to realign one demarcation line on the starboard wing. I decided to get all this done at once and then reapply the gloss in preparation for decals.All masked up and no place to go. The paints have been sprayed already. Masks removed showing the revised demarcation of the 65 with the upper camo. Also see here is the realigned line between the 71 and 02 on the left side of the pic. This is the realigned camo demarcation. The 71 was previously covering the entire wing root and intersected the flap. The cowl fastener was rescribed into the paint, given a light sand and then repainted. It passes the close-up test so will be fine in real life. It just occurred to me that the fastener, which I think is attached to the fuselage, should maybe be green....Indeed when taking a closer look at the reference pic, this appears to be the case so I will need to attend to that. Note that there's a bit of overspray in the above pic just over the wing root fairing. No big deal is this will get some exhaust staining anyway. Below is the square 65 patch, waiting on the swastika decal. I'm actually having second thoughts about this as a closer look at the reference pic seems to show mottles behind the swastika, so it may have been repainted. I had originally surmised that the ground crews would most likely have masked over the insignia when doing the heavy mottle overspray but maybe this was not the case. Or maybe they masked it all the way around the black edges. One other detail I noticed int he reference pic for this aircraft was the presence of a flare chute in the starboard quarter window, similar to this one: This is actually a miss on the Kagero profile which is otherwise quite accurate and so I will need to add this detail before I finish. That's for another day. Thanks for looking in once more.
  11. Eduard 1/48 Hawker Tempest Mk.V Early

    A positive attitude always helps! In hind sight, I wish that I had thinned the trailing edges of the various wing surfaces as suggested here.
  12. Eduard 1/48 Hawker Tempest Mk.V Early

    Nice work going on here. I built this kit a few years back and also found the landing gear details to be less than stellar. I ended up up scratch building some parts and the adding PE details to make them look passable. Looking forward to more. Andy
  13. Achtung Anfanger!!! 1/48 Bf109E-4B

    Thanks once again for the feedback everyone. It was at this stage of the project, about 10 days ago, that I reached out to enlightened members of this forum and elsewhere to determine the nature of the MG17 cowl. The Kagero profile shown in the introductory post in this thread states that the cowl is finished entirely in RLM 65. I had been looking, to no avail, for photographic evidence to determine whether, or not, the Kagero profile was accurate and to resolve questions in my mind as to how it would come about that this aircraft would have a cowl that was painted entirely in RLM 65. Long story short, Dave (tango98) produced photographic evidence for me that confirmed, beyond doubt, that the entire cowl was of uniform colour and much lighter than all of the surrounding surfaces. Further educated consensus was reached that the cowl was most likely entirely painted in 65 as it was likely a replacement part from the factory stock. Such parts were probably painted completely in 65 before being attached to a production aircraft and painted with the dark green demarcation together with the engine cowl and fuselage spine. With that settled, I happily carried on with the painting of my subject! Before finishing the MG 17 cowl, I repaired the rivets and reapplied the 65, then masked and sprayed the yellow engine cowl. However, when I viewed this photo (as often happens when looking at close-ups of my work), I realized that I forgot to rescribe the cowl fastener so I planned to attend to that later using a scalpel to cut into the paint. The splinter camo and mottling was then done. Started with masking the required areas and then splashing on the 02. The RLM 71, for which I used straight Tamiya XF61, was then applied freehand. Admittedly, the RLM 71 looks a bit dark at this stage but I plan to soften the effect at the weathering stage. Note that I busted off one of the flaps during handling but this is back on now. Thanks again everyone. Andy
  14. Achtung Anfanger!!! 1/48 Bf109E-4B

    Maybe Dave, maybe....Thanks for the comments. Getting closer to the current state now and painting starts with this chapter: T That's it for today everyone. Thanks again for your interest. Andy
  15. Bf 109 E-7 Black 10

    Ah, here you are James and I now see that your model is much more advanced than I had thought. Your paint work has nicely covered up the few small imperfections that you were alluding to in my E-4B thread. A very attractive build. Well done so far!